The 92nd Street Y, New York has harnessed the power of arts and ideas to enrich, enlighten and change lives, and the power of community to repair the world for over 140 years. This podcast features many of the fascinating people and conversations from our stage.
Melissa Villaseñor in Conversation with Steven Castillo: Whoops ... I’m Awesome
In this episode of 92NY Talks, join comedian Melissa Villaseñor for a conversation with Steven Castillo about her new activity book, Whoops ... I’m Awesome. She'll discuss comedy, crafts, and embracing your most genuine self. As a hilariously dead-on, expert celebrity impressionist and a path-breaking comic who became SNL’s first ever Latina cast member, Villaseñor has amassed a devoted following of comedy fans — but she’s also a gifted artist and musician, and her new book is filled with laugh-out-loud personal stories and fun activities that can help adults embrace their inner kid and color outside the lines. The conversation was recorded on November 10th, 2022 at The 92nd Street Y, New York.
Molly Yeh in Conversation with Rachel Antonoff: Home Is Where the Eggs Are
Host of Food Network’s Girl Meets Farm and bestselling author of IACP Award-winning cookbook Molly on the Range, the enchanting Molly Yeh joins us to talk about her latest cookbook, Home Is Where the Eggs Are.
She brings stories about her life as an unexpected culinary star (and Juilliard-trained percussionist!), celebrating her Chinese-Jewish heritage and unabashed love of food with her Scandinavian-rooted husband and two young daughters on a sugar beet farm in East Grand Forks, MN. She talks about the recipes in her new book, built on irresistible, low-fuss, big flavor dishes like Babka Cereal, Mozzarella Stick Salad, and Hand-Pulled Noodles with Potsticker Filling Sauce, and shares the culinary philosophy we all want to live by: “Melt some butter, fry an egg, build a little memory around it – the feeling of home starts in the kitchen.”
How To Invest: David M. Rubenstein in Conversation with Ray Dalio
In this episode of 92NY Talks, David M. Rubenstein, cofounder of one of the world’s largest investment firms, discusses his new book, How To Invest, with Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates, the largest hedge fund in the world. Listen to two of the biggest names in finance for a master class on the art and craft of investing, from venture capital, real estate, private equity, hedge funds, to crypto, endowments, and more. The conversation was recorded on September 19, 2022 in front of a live audience at The 92nd Street Y, New York.
I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet: Shauna Niequist and Savannah Guthrie
In this episode of 92NY Talks, New York Times bestselling author Shauna Niequist discusses her new book, I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet: Discovering New Ways of Living When the Old Ways Stop Working, with Today show co-anchor and NBC News Chief Legal correspondent Savannah Guthrie. Shauna, her husband and two sons, all lifelong Midwesterners, left the Midwest and moved into an 835 sq ft apartment in Manhattan. What started as a family mantra, “I guess I haven’t learned that yet,” whenever city life surprised them, the phrase gave Shauna room to exhale and the freedom to relearn how life could be. The conversation was recorded on May 4, 2022 in front of a live audience at The 92nd Street Y, New York.
Lighter: Yung Pueblo in Conversation with Elena Brower
In this episode of 92NY Talks, join New York Times-bestselling author Diego Perez — a.k.a. Yung Pueblo — for a conversation with bestselling author, poet, and artist Elena Brower about his inspiring and deeply personal new book, Lighter. Yung Pueblo has captivated millions of readers with short, stripped-down poetry about everyday moments of inspiration and triumph. Hear him candidly discuss his journey to healing, striving for what he calls “structural compassion,” what inspires him to write, and more. The conversation was recorded on October 7, 2022 in front of a live audience at The 92nd Street Y, New York.
Going There: Katie Couric in Conversation with Jodi Kantor
In this episode of 92NY Talks, join iconic, award-winning journalist Katie Couric as she discusses her memoir Going There and candidly talks about adjusting to sudden fame after her astonishing rise to co-anchor of the TODAY show, details of her historic move to the anchor chair at the CBS Evening News—a world rife with sexism and misogyny. She sits down with prize winning New York Times investigative reporter Jodi Kantor to tell her emotionally riveting story of a thoroughly modern woman, whose journey took her from humble origins to superstardom. The conversation was recorded on September 12, 2022 in front of a live audience at The 92nd Street Y, New York.
Mr Oliver mentioned his “dyslexia “ numerous times. I prefer to use “ learning differences”. We are People with learning differences. Jamie sounds brilliant. All over the place but brilliant and heartfelt. I have about 10 of him in my family. And I am one. The literary world was strictly off limits for me as well....go Jamie all the best......Beginning of Poetry ( For The Trombone Player)
in order to compensate for my slow reading I'd prematurely finish sentences and stumbling over words. Transposing letters and words made reading in front of parents, teachers and classmates excruciating. In grade school (1962-1968) I was put into a group for slow readers. Falling further and further behind I started putting on more weight and exploded with rage to defend against my feelings of shame and hopelessness. Today we know these are symptoms consistent with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Fortunately my Mother Ms. Donna R.... could see I was suffering a great deal and hired a tutor, Dr. Watson helped me with reading comprehension and writing. To say Dr. Watson saved my life is an understatement. He instilled in me an ethic for learning and confidence to go on to College.
I struggled to read music but could play the trombone by ear. Every time I was made to read in front of my classmates I was bullied. But when I improvised ( as in the emerging Second City of Chicago) in drama class I had the ability to make people laugh and cry. Frost said, “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” Frost's injunction reminded me of Baudelaire poem, Get Drunk: "Time to get drunk! Don't be martyred slaves of Time, Get drunk! Stay drunk! On wine, virtue, poetry, whatever!" I take this to mean that when I commit to a feeling or line, go all the way.
My "learning disability", "learning difference" , "dyslexia" is undefinable. "I" / "we" don't have language to describe this experience. Language and experience get lost in translation. I dealt with my shame for a long time by becoming defensive, self-medicating or giving up. But eventually that same part of me that played the trombone by ear or improvised on stage welled up inside me while driving a Special Transit bus down Balsam Avenue in 25 years ago.
In a moment of deep despair I recalled a dream from the previous night in which, "I'm singing a song I've composed in green/open field. I knew instantly that I'd have to find a way to express all my rejection, failure, sadness and joy. This was the beginning of poetry.
I usually like the podcast but lately the audio has been awful. I couldn’t listen to the GoodGilrs actress speak.
This close to deleting this podcast
These interviews are completely superficial and dumbed down. I mostly delete episodes less than 10 minutes in.